STONY BROOK - The mother of a 14-year-old Riverhead boy who is in a coma after suffering burns from a gel candle held a news conference today, vowing to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Michael Hubbard suffered third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body after the gel candle exploded when his cousin tried to add more fuel to it over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been eight similar incidents in the past year.

The candle used in the incident has since been taken off the shelves at Bed Bath and Beyond nationwide.

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